History of the Gentry



In 1971 Roger Blockley was working on the Spitfire production line at the Standard Triumph factory in Coventry. In his garage at home he was building what was to become the first ‘Gentry.’ He used a Triumph Vitesse chassis, 1600 engine and a pair of original MG TF wings. It took him over 20 months and was completed in 1973.

He repurchased this first car in 2015 and undertook a full restoration. He described this in a series of Facebook posts in 2017 which can be seen here.

The first car was admired by many and he was encouraged to build another for his father. Having completed this second car he then started to produce them commercially early in 1974.

The first premises were in a run-down mushroom growing shed on a small holding at Barwell, Leicestershire. This was to become RMB Motors’ first factory. The Gentry was sold as a fully assembled body shell needing only 12 bolts to secure it to a Herald or Vitesse chassis.

In 1989 Roger sold the business to 2 Gentry owners, Mick Sinclair and Terry Phillips who traded as SP Motors. In May 1990 a new custom chassis was introduced to take the running gear and engines from the Ford Escort and Cortina models.

During April 1997, Mick left the company and Terry continued production on his own, trading as TP Motors. He made another change to the build in that it was adapted to take Ford Sierra mechanics. He continued production until June 2001 when the factory unit was sold. The Gentry production rights were then sold in December 2002 to the Vintage Motor Car Company in Doncaster, thus moving the car away from its Midlands roots.

After an unsuccessful time with the Vintage Motor Car Company, the business was bought by Midlands Register members, Geoff & Ellen Beston who returned the production back to the midlands being based in Nuneaton.

At the National Kit Car show at Stoneleigh in May 2008 the car returned to production and is now once again available from the Gentry Motor Car Company as a self build car.

The sale of the business to the current owners was agreed in late 2018 and completed in early 2019.
2019 marked the 45th anniversary of the car.


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